Awareness to Action
HALTER was presented with the Awareness to Action Award at the 2016 FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency Individual and Community Preparedness (ICP) Awards Ceremony at the White House in Washington DC on September 13th.
Ranch Readiness Day 2017
The third HALTER Ranch Readiness Day was held April 30th at Saralee and Richard’s Barn, Sonoma County Fairgrounds & Event Center.
First " West County Disaster Fair" at Graton Fire Station.
Wonderful new connections! Wonderful job by West County Health Service, local hospital, and volunteers!
NVADG Small Animal Shelter Training
Celebrating National Ag Day!
Sonoma Smarty attended SoCo Farm Bureau annual education event; 6000 kids/2 days!
"Horse-a-Kin" Herd arrives!
The first 3 of 5 RESQUIP Equine Training Mannekins arrived and deploys to Marin Search & Rescue/Marin Humane, Sonoma Valley-Glen Ellen ATR Group, and Graton Volunteer Fire/SCAS.
Colorado State University Equine Symposium:
We were invited to join Drs. John Madigan & Eric Green (DVMs), and Jim Green of BARTA, for 4 days of networking and sharing experiences to enhance the growing program of integrated animal emergency response in Colorado.
Combined efforts of SCAS, SCHC, Sonoma County Fairgrounds staff, and HALTER Project
result in establishment of Emergency Shelter for Large Animals during floods. Thank you, Fairgrounds administration and staff!
HALTER named new contributor to Sonoma-Marin Farm News, with "Safety on the Farm & Ranch" monthly column.
ATR skills workshop day, with Instructors John & Deb Fox, and guest Jim Green of BARTA.
Rollout of ATR "AWARENESS" pilot course, to a group of North Bay first responders and community members.
HALTER grant funds staff to develop Sonoma County Disaster Plan Animal module.
Featured presenters at the California State Horsemen's Association Annual Convention:
"The Role of Equestrian Organizations in Emergency & Disaster Preparedness"
Tuolumne County Animal Control ATR Training
Training with experienced and new ACOs, firefighters, and volunteers was a wonderful experience in the beautiful Gold Country.
HALTER presented with a 2016 FEMA Award
HALTER presented with a 2016 FEMA Individual and Community Preparedness Award in the Awareness to Action category at a White House ceremony in Washington DC. HALTER also received an Honorable Mention in the Community Preparedness Champions Award Category.
HALTER Sponsors ATR Training in Monte Rio, CA
First responders from Bodega Bay, Fort Ross, Graton, Monte Rio, Mountain, Petaluma, and Timber Cove, joined by Tere Crocker DVM, trained in Animal Technical Rescue Operational skills in Monte Rio.
Giant Steps Equine Therapeutic Riding Program CHARITY CLASSIC
HALTER sponsored the fun and exciting BATTLE Cup and donated a complete Equine Rescue Kit to the very successful auction.
HALTER Sponsors ATR Training in Glen Ellen
First responders from Marin Search and Rescue, Marin Humane Society officers, and Petaluma area horse owners trained in Animal Technical Rescue Operational Skills in Glen Ellen.
Ranch Readiness Day
The second HALTER Ranch Readiness Day was held June 26th at the SRJC Shone Farm Agricultural Teaching Facility. More than 200 participants engaged in a busy day of presentations, demonstrations, conversation, and information exchange.www.RanchReadinessDay.com
First Animal Rescue Trailer delivered to Sonoma County Animal Services
Sonoma County’s first Animal Technical Rescue trailer establishes a portable equipment cache to backup animal services, firefighters and veterinarians collaborating providing safe, skilled, humane large animal technical rescue in the North Bay area.
Kenwood Fire Department Father’s Day Pancake Breakfast
KFPD Explorers invited HALTER to share the fun in hosting an ATR information booth and equipment display at the delicious pancake breakfast. KFPD received donations towards building their equipment cache!
Glen Ellen Firefighters’ Assoc. Mother’s Day Pancake Breakfast
HALTER and Sonoma Smarty honored Moms with a display and fundraising at this fun event annual. Our local ATR team are also fabulous pancake flippers!
Novato Horsemens' Club House
Made a presentation and new friends at the charming & historic Novato Horsemen’s Clubhouse.
HALTER Sponsors LAR Training in Red Bluff, CA
In attendance were 17 CAL fire and emergency responders trained in operational and technical skills at the Atwood Ranch in Red Bluff. We were honored with a visit by Joe Gear, Assist. Chief Special Operations, OES Fire & Rescue.
HALTER delivers “Emergency Preparedness” Outreach presentations to local clubs from April to July.
SERRA Equine Rescue: International Day of the Horse
Demonstrated the use of rescue back board and straps. With the help of Dr. Amber Johnson, of Artaurus Vet Clinic and horse developer Callie Krickeberg. Made a great connection with Camilla Gray-Nelson owner of Dairy del Canine and noted author of Lipstick and the Leash.
Sonoma County Horse Council: EQUUS Awards
HALTER becomes a high level sponsors and donated a complete LAR emergency kit purchased at auction by Marin County Mounted Assistance Unit.
Horse Handling and Safety of First Responders
Taught 34 local firefighters and volunteers basics of handling horses and livestock in an emergency.
HALTER and IAWTI host a VIP Reception for Jim Green
HALTER AND IAWTI hosted a VIP reception for Jim Green at the Atwood Ranch in Glen Ellen. Sonoma Valley Supervisor Susan Gorin welcomed Jim Green to Sonoma Valley.
Neighborhood Rural Readiness
HALTER collaborates with local groups to facilitate "Neighborhood Rural Readiness Meetings", providing equipment lists and resources, education information, and general guidance to community stakeholders.
Sonoma County Farm Bureau Ag Days
HALTER produces educational display & materials for Sonoma County Farm Bureau Ag Days event for 6,000 local elementary school children.
Safe Horse & Stock Handling for Beginners
HALTER creates "Safe Horse & Stock Handling for Beginners" teaching materials to facilitate education of first and frontline responders and Disaster Service Worker volunteers.
LAR Equipment Funds for Local Fire Departments
HALTER is facilitating establishment of LAR equipment funds for local fire departments, county Animal Services, and Grange chapters.
HALTER Sponsors 3 Trainings
To date, HALTER has sponsored 3 trainings, 2 community meetings, and more than 52 scholarships to First and Frontline Responders.
HALTER sponsors FSTEP-LAR Operational Trainings
HALTER sponsors FSTEP-LAR Operational Trainings in Sonoma Valley. Classroom module is hosted by Kenwood Fire Department. Equipment and Field Exercise Training is held the Atwood Ranch in Glen Ellen.
First HALTER Newsletter
First HALTER newsletter is published, encouraging neighbor-to-neighbor communication and collaboration with government and nongovernment agencies. The newsletter is sent to over 1,600 readers.
HALTER sponsors FSTEP-LAR Operational Trainings
HALTER sponsors FSTEP-LAR Operational Trainings in Sonoma Valley. Classroom module is hosted by Glen Ellen Fire Department. Equipment and Field Exercise Training is held the Atwood Ranch in Glen Ellen.
Holiday Gift List
HALTER creates a fun "Holiday Gift List" featuring an array of emergency preparedness items for large animal owners. The HALTER “Holiday Gift Guide" is featured in 3 regional magazines and Sonoma-Marin Farm Bureau November-December newspaper.
Ranch Emergency Kits and Go-Bags
HALTER presents examples of Ranch Emergency Kits, Go-Bags and Large Animal identification kits to Petaluma Grange members.
“A Year of Recovery” 2016 Calendar
HALTER works with portrait photograph, Melania Mahoney, to publish “A Year of Recovery” 2016 calendar recounting the stories of families and animals the helped by the Middletown Animal Hospital. Proceeds directly benefit to MAH, in providing continuing no-and low-cost treatment and services.
HALTER HONOR the HEROES
Ranch Readiness Day becomes HALTER HONOR the HEROES, on November 15.
Glen Ellen Volunteer Fire Department Rescue
Glen Ellen Volunteer Fire Department deploys and successfully rescues a down horse on Sonoma Mountain.
Sonoma County First Responders Attend Trainings
Sponsored by HALTER, more than 3 dozen Sonoma County first responders attend trainings, Several become the first responders in many years to obtain State Fire Training certification in Large Animal Rescue.
Scholarships to First Responders
HALTER provides scholarships to First Responders attending two trainings in Northern California.
Sonoma County Board of Supervisors Honors HALTER
Sonoma County Board of Supervisors honors HALTER with a Gold Resolution for “Commitment to helping first responders and community members acquire skills and resources for Large Animal Emergency Response.”
HALTER brings “Sonoma Smarty”, a life-sized model wearing the Large Animal Lift, to the Sonoma Valley Fire and Rescue Open House.
Sonoma Horse Park Season Finale Horse Show
HALTER brings equine rescue display to the Sonoma Horse Park Season Finale Horse Show, introducing Large Animal Rescue equipment and resource to a large audience.
HALTER Establishes GoFundMe for Middletown Animal Hospital
HALTER establishes a GoFundMe, raising more than $225,000 to assist in providing financial support for Middletown Animal Hospital.
HALTER Website Grows
In response to requests, HALTER website grows to include resources links for relief donations, volunteer coordination, and lost animal reunification.
HALTER Establishes Fund for Middletown Animal Hospital
HALTER establishes fund to provide critical care support to Middletown Animal Hospital, collects and coordinates supply donations for Lake County residents and animals.
HALTER Facilitates Communication and Donation Support
HALTER facilitates communication and donation support for Middletown Animal Hospital (MAH), other vets, and qualified volunteers.
HALTER Responds to Northern California Wildfires
Wildfires blaze through Northern California, displacing thousands of people and devastating many homes, business, families and animals in Lake County’s rural communities. HALTER responds!
HALTER's Float in the Sonoma 4th of July Parade
HALTER’s float in the Sonoma 4th of July Parade wins “Best Animal Entry” prize.
HALTER Sponsors Open Jumper Class at Giant Steps Charity Classic
HALTER sponsors Open Jumper class at Giant Steps Charity Classic, and awards the winner a trailer tote packed with emergency supplies and a new halter.
HALTER Travels to Multiple Locations Throughout Sonoma County
HALTER travels to multiple locations throughout Sonoma County to display rescue equipment and share emergency preparedness resources at horse shows, feed stores, fire department open houses, neighborhood meetings and Customer Appreciations Days.
HALTER Provides Ongoing Support to WIFSS and IAWTI
HALTER provides ongoing support to the Western Institute for Food and Safety (WIFSS), and International Animal Welfare Training Institute (IAWTI).
HALTER Establishes a Grant
HALTER establishes a grant to the University of California, Davis Center for Equine Health to support sustainability of a Large Animal Emergency training curriculum and development of future educators
Summer 2014 – Spring 2015
Throughout 2014 and into early 2015, HALTER participates in seminars, trainings, and research with leaders in the field of emergency and disaster planning and preparedness.
May 4, 2014 “Ranch Readiness Day”.
City of Sonoma proclaims May 4, 2014 Sonoma Valley “Ranch Readiness Day”.
Ranch Readiness Day Emergency Preparedness Fair
HALTER produces the first Ranch Readiness Day Emergency Preparedness Fair, connecting rural residents with government agencies, service organizations and businesses, and community organizations.
November 2013 – March 2014
HALTER engages in meetings with educators at UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine who introduce HALTER to the equipment and skills developed as a result of numerous emergencies, both large and small.